Racism

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Mayor Jim Kenney Doesn’t Care About Black People

In 2005, during the devastation of Hurricane Katrina, rapper Kanye West declared on national television that “George Bush doesn’t care about Black people.” It was […]

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ICYMI, Philly Police Made Sure to Defend the Free Speech of White Supremacists

On the night before your July 4th cookout, nearly 200 masked white supremacists armed with shields, flags and banners flocked to Center City to throw […]

south philadelphia actor jenna pinchbeck, who has taken bernard havard and walnut street theater to task on social media
City Life

America’s Oldest Theater Wants to Shut This South Philly Actress Up

The Walnut Street Theatre has long had its critics—and no, we’re not talking about those snooty journalists who sit in judgment on opening night, their […]

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Dear White People: Wanna DM Me on the Latest Racist Outrage? Read This First

Last week’s Derek Chauvin guilty verdict was a bittersweet moment for Black people in America. I felt a temporary sense of relief that some form […]

City Life

Philly Needs a Much Bolder Approach to Gun Violence. Here Are Three Big Ideas

As we witness the worst gun violence the city has seen in more than 50 years, Mayor Jim Kenney has committed to spending just 0.67 […]

Philly police commissioner Danielle Outlaw, who was the subject of threats by Peter Fratus, according to the FBI
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Don’t Abuse Identity Politics to Defend Danielle Outlaw

Right now, I can’t get the words of legendary Black writer and Harlem Renaissance fixture Zora Neale Hurston out of my head: “All my skinfolk […]

screen shots from a video of Ryan Dubiel deploying pepper spray against a Black teen who was just sitting on a step
City Life

White South Jersey Cop Who Casually Pepper-Sprayed Black Teen Is Banned From Holding Any Public Job In the State

Back in June, we told you about Ryan Dubiel, the white Woodlynne police officer who was caught on video pepper-spraying a Black teen who wasn’t […]

sean schellenger and michael white, the man who killed him, who are both the subject of a new documentary by tigre hill
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Tigre Hill’s New Documentary Delves Into Sean Schellenger Killing

There were 351 homicides in Philadelphia in 2018. But none of them was talked about nearly as much as the stabbing death of Philadelphia real […]

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Body-Cam Video of Walter Wallace Jr. Killing Shows How Cops Perpetuate Black Trauma

Walter Wallace Jr. didn’t deserve to die. And new footage further proves it. Beyond these revelations, the world was reminded yet again how ineffective police […]

Former Whole Foods Plymouth Meeting employee Michelle Brown, who has filed a racial discrimination suit against the company
City Life

Michelle Brown Says the Plymouth Meeting Whole Foods Was a Horribly Racist Place to Work

As Whole Foods continues to defend itself in a racial discrimination lawsuit filed in 2019 by a longtime manager of the Plymouth Meeting Whole Foods, […]

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The Problem With “Feed Fatigue” and Other Excuses White People Make for Remaining Racist

At the start of the summer, white people’s interest in Black Lives Matter grew during the George Floyd protests. But I didn’t believe them. As we […]

south philly roofer nick fugarino screams at a Black man on Monday
City Life

South Philly Roofer Faces Outrage After Telling Black Man to Go Back Where He Came From

Thanks to a partial foot amputation, Stephanie Sena tries to park as close as possible to her home in South Philadelphia. After dropping her daughter […]

south philadelphia's capitolo playground, the site of Allen Mikell's death
City Life

Internet Calls Death at South Philly Playground a Lynching, Relatives of Deceased Say Otherwise

There are two things that everybody agrees on about the death of Allen Mikell. One is that he breathed his final breath at Capitolo Playground […]

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Philly Should Declare Racism a Public Health Crisis — And Then Do Something About it

Crisis is a term we often hear in conversations about things we perceive to be of grave danger to our lives or livelihood. When applied […]

an illustration depicting ben franklin high school's name being changed to malcolm x high school
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Parents, Teachers and Activists Want to Rename These Philly Schools

The Frank Rizzo statue is toast. That Christopher Columbus statue in South Philly would seem to have a similar destiny. So what do we do […]